Step 5 (Adding twigs to the background)
Open another tree stock image. Crop part of the tree. Use Lasso tool to select the part and crop it into a single layer.
Add the cropped part to the main document. Place it above the background layer in the layer panel. Mask some unneeded parts.
Step 6 (Creating ground)
In this step we are going to create ground. Open the fairy house stock image on the document. Convert it to a smart object. Scale and locate it where needed. Place this fairy house layer between the first two foreground groups and the second two groups.
Duplicate the fairy house layer (Ctrl+J). Give this duplication layer of the smart object some filters by going to Filter > Filter Gallery
The result should look like this:
Give another smart filter:
Set the duplication layer’s blending to normal at 55% opacity:
Duplicate the second fairy house layer and set it to soft light layer at 30% opacity. Select all the fairy house layers and hit Ctrl+G to group them. Name this group ground
Step 7 (Adjustment layer)
Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to give an adjustment layer above all the fairy house layers within the ground group layer.
Mask on the red marked parts of the hue/saturation layer and set its blending to normal at 80% opacity:
Step 8 (masking part of the ground)
We need to hide the upper part of the fairy house images in the ground group. We just need the ground of it. To achieve this, we will mask the ground group. As we can see the red marked part is the area to be masked (hidden). Use a very soft round brush to mask the area.
Here is the result should look like.
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Step 9 (Preparing a stone house)
Open again the fairy house stock image. Crop the stone house of the image from its background. Place the house between the foregrounds on the ground having been created earlier. Convert the house layer to a smart object. Take a look at the screenshot below for your inspiration: